The Eastern Evaluation Research Society (EERS) is the oldest professional society for program evaluators in the United States. Founded in 1978, EERS remains a vibrant contributor to program evaluation practice and theory. A fully-fledged affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the purpose of EERS is to promote key goals of the profession in our region. Read More »
The 39th Annual Conference of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society will be returning to its longtime home at the Seaview Resort and Spa in Galloway, NJ. This year’s conference theme will be Improving Outcomes, Building Knowledge: Finding What Works. The conference will continue its tradition of providing professional evaluators, academics, students, and evaluation consumers an informal, collegial forum to discuss.
Conference Update - Registration is Open
Conference registration is open and available online. Cost for the EERS conference will be $275.00 for those who register by March 31 (the "early bird" rate) and $325.00 afterwards. As always, EERS offers students a discounted rate - $85.00 for the entire conference. Preconference workshops will cost an additionl $75.00. Watch the web site for additional conference news updates in the coming days.
Support EERS Conference Student Participation
EERS takes pride in encouraging the next generation of evaluators by supporting students whose presentation proposals are accepted with stipends, and free or subsidized meal and conference registration fees exceeding $4000 annually. You can now make tax-deductable donations securely through PayPal or with a credit card, with all proceeds going to support costs for student participants. Click the button below to make a one-time $10 donation and thank you for supporting our students!
The 2016 conference continues its long history of exceptional presenters, featuring a distinguished group of speakers, in addition to the EERS Invited Authors Program and pre-conference workshops for evaluation professionals. Guests for this conference include the following:
- John Gargani (Keynote Speaker) - President, Gargani + Company; new AEA President
- Katrina Bledsoe (Plenary Speaker) - Senior Research Director, DeBruce Foundation; Founding Director and Senior Research Director, ThinkShift
- Tony Foleno (Plenary Speaker) - Senior Vice President Research, Planning and Evaluation, The Advertising Council
The Eleanor Chelimsky Forum
In its 4th year for the 2016 conference, the Chelimsky Forum on Evaluation Theory and Practice focuses on a conference theme through the eyes of selected luminaries from the evaluation field. Supported again by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this spring's Forum Plenary Presentation will feature Stafford Hood, Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment. Nicole Bowman will serve as Forum discussant.
EERS has a long history of providing popular evaluation practitioner workshops immediately prior to the formal opening of the annual conference. This year's pre-conference trainings are listed at the bottom of this page, with links to additional information about sessions and presenters.
Five Reasons to Attend an EERS Annual Conference
1. Networking: Share expertise, learn and network in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere.
2. Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue: Interact with evaluators and users of evaluation from a broad spectrum of disciplines and organizations.
3. Professional Development: Gain knowledge and learn new skills. Workshops and skill sessions, at various levels, are an integral part of our conference.
4. Inspiration: Feel nurtured and inspired, whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional.
5. National Experts: Rub elbows with national evaluation experts.
EERS Conference Sponsors
There is still time for interested organizations to partner as an EERS 2016 conference sponsor. If you are interested, please contact Tom Archibald by email. In addition to supporting the practice of evaluation in the northeastern U.S., your company will benefit from exposure to a select group of evaluation professionals on this site and in the conference program. See previous years' conferences for examples.
Technology and Social Media for the EERS Conference
Get ready to Tweet the Conference! #EERS16
Conference materials and presentations will be uploaded below as they become available.
|2016 EERS Call for Proposals||150.35 KB|
|2016 EERS Call for Student Proposals||27.96 KB|
|2016 EERS Announcement and Mail-in Registration - Rev. 10 Feb||141.5 KB|
Trainings at this Conference
|Concepts in Economic Evaluations: Cost-Benefit and Cost-Effectiveness Analyses||Mustafa Karakus, Westat|
|Evaluative Thinking: Principles and Practices to Enhance Evaluation Capacity and Quality||Tom Archibald, Virginia Tech|